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    • The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is working with the Missouri Department of Revenue to develop a NEW License Plate for Missouri Professional Firefighters.  Here is some general information and FAQ's about these new plates. 
       

      The application period for the Fire Act Grants will be opening soon, this will be for the FY2107 money. I don’t have a date for when the application periods will open, but now is the time (maybe delayed due to all the natural disasters) for locals and their fire/EMS departments to start considering their request. It takes many hours to prepare a grant application that has a good chance of success. The process is very competitive, and only about 25% of the applications even have a chance at success. It’s critical to start early before the application period opens. 

      FIRE ACT GRANTS

      There are three separate grants that make up the Fire Act Grants, Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).  All three applications periods will be open separately, one after another with the AFG usually going first. The application period is usually between four and six weeks and may be extended should FEMA choose to do so. At least one of the grants will probably be open during the Christmas/New Years holiday season. Working on grant applications over the holiday season compounds time issues.

      The need for additional funding isn’t something that sneaks up on departments, many departments are dealing with funding deficits now, and they aren’t going to get better as we move into FY2018. Departments should be able to identify possible projects for purchasing and hiring. It’s important to our locals that these projects be brought forward now instead of waiting for the official announcement. 

      It is very important to have a grant strategy and to identify all requests before the first application period opens. No single grant will fund all of the requirements for a specific project. For example, to hire new fire fighters, SAFER provides the wages, AFG provides the physicals, PPE,  and training. It costs the department a lot more money to hire if they hadn’t thought to ask for the necessities to put that new employee to work from AFG. It also makes more sense when crafting and describing the need and the project. 

      THE UNION’S ROLE

      Except for the FP&S grant, applications are controlled by the fire department and require the chief’s approval. While the union doesn’t play a direct role, we can make a huge difference by offing assistance identifying projects, and providing direct technical assistance. Many things we try to negotiate into contracts or add to operating guidelines can be paid for by grant money. Of course grant many can’t be used to pay for projects completed before the money is awarded, but it can pay for health and safety, health and wellness, equipment and training projects in addition to SAFER paying for hiring new fire fighters. It is important for our leaders to have a seat at the table when this money is talked about and decisions made. 

      We can also provide technical assistance in a variety of ways but time and funding are limited, all requests need to be forwarded to (mwoolbright@iaff.org) as soon as possible so that assistance can be as effective as possible. 

      INDIVIDUAL GRANTS

      Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

      This grant covers the bulk of the department’s needs. Money will be allocated for vehicles, equipment, training and health and wellness projects. Does your department offer a mental health/substance abuse program? If not, it can be funded by AFG. Need new turnouts or SCBA? AFG can fund it. Training? Again AFG can fund it. Training programs the IAFF offers can be funded from AFG awards, but the department has to plan and ask for the money. 

      Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

      Does your department meet NFPA 1710? Are you having to close or brown out a station? SAFER can fund projects to improve staffing and compliance with NFPA 1710.  There is now a match requirement for the department, but SAFER still represents a huge discount when adding staff. Some departments shy away from using SAFER money for hiring since the position would be dependent on grant money. The reality is that all of our jobs are dependent on some type of funding and when that funding source is jeopardized. I doubt any of us are losing a lot of sleep over funding problems. When they occur, we do our best to protect our members and the system. The same applies to employees hired through grant funds. They will be employed for the three years of the described in the award contract. At the end of that time, the department can find another resource, lay them off, or apply again, but that’s three years the department has improved staffing. 

      Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S)

      Does your department investigate all fires? Does the department have a fire inspection program? What about safety programs for fire fighters and the public? All of those needs can be funded through this grant or AFG. This is the smallest and the most competitive of the three grants and the only one where a Local can directly apply.

      On Monday, March 6th Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) addressed the attendees at the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference.  Senator McCaskill is very supportive of continuing to fund Fire Grants, Cancer Presumptive Laws and Collective Barganing Rights for Hours, Wages and Working Conditions. 

      During our visit to the US Capitol on Tuesday, March 7th, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters President Sherwood Smith and IAFF Local 42 Secretary-Treasurer Tim Dupin visite with Senator McCaskill to discuss the IAFF Legislative Agenda for 2017 and ask for her support on the key issues that we are striving to continue to have funded for SAFER Grants, the FIRE ACT and more.  For more on this please read the article that appeared in the Lee's Summit Tribune here.

      An article was featured on February 26th in the Kansas City Star highlighting the increase in cancer related deaths in Firefighters across North America.  Here in Missouri families are faced with fighting for workers' compensation benefits after their loved ones have died and the our government acknowledges are presumptively job related due to the exposure of carcinogens that firefighters are exposed to throughout their careers.  Read the entire article here.

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to welcome our newest Affliate Local: Lake City, MO Fire Fighters.  Lake City Fire Fighters protect the individuals that work and reside at the Army Ammunition Production facility, located in Independence, MO. 


      What's New at MSCFF

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

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      IAFF Insurance Division
      10/19/17 - CFFA
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      Missouri Professional Firefighter License Plates
      10/19/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is working with the Missouri Department of Revenue to develop a NEW License Plate for Missouri Professional Firefighters.  Here is some general information and FAQ's about these new plates.
      Firefighters Cancer Support
      10/19/17 - IAFF local 3704
      My name is Greg Charrier and I am a Firefighter/Paramedic in Mandeville La. I am also the Eastern Louisiana Representative for the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. We are a nonprofit organization who helps with Firefighters who develop Cancer, over there career.
      Information You Can USE
      10/19/17 - MPFFU
      REQUESTING Information from Your Employer:  FOIA vs PERA?? The general public usually has to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from a City or Township.  Many of these communities have a specific form that can be found on their website explaining the process to file your request.  There is usually a cost associated with obtaining this information.
      2017 Koins For Kids Fill-The-Boot Event
      10/18/17 - IAFF Local 312
      City of Hawthorne Measure HH
      10/18/17 - IAFF Local 1014
      Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014 Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel City of Hawthorne Measure HH 1014 members will once again be out knocking on doors walking precincts.
      Fundraiser
      10/18/17 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      As most of you know, Justin Weston is currently battling cancer. We are holding a raffle fundraiser to help support him and his young family. All proceeds will go directly back to Justin and his family to help support them through this time. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be Nov. 8th.
      2018 Open Enrollment
      10/18/17 - IAFF Local 1403
      Look at the tab "Health Insurance Trust" under member resources and find all the attachments.
      Jonas Family
      10/18/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James McLaren Jonas, the son of Lieutenant James Jonas (Rescue 6C). The Jonas family is strengthened by the overwhelming support of prayers, thoughts, and donations from our Fire Family.
      Light Up Malden
      10/17/17 - IAFF Local 902
      Let's light up Malden to show our Veterans that we support them. Change one light to GREEN for the month of November to join the Green Light Vet Movement, endorsed by the American Legion. For more information email lightupmalden@gmail.com.
      858 Safety Committee Meeting
      10/17/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Safety Committee Meeting on Monday, October 23rd  / B shift . This meeting is open to all members and will be held at the DFDFCU (2201 Federal Blvd) conference room.
      Elections
      10/16/17 - IAFF local 3704
      Brothers and Sisters, In accordance with our Bylaws, this is notice that in 15 days on October 24, 2017 at the regular Union meeting of Local 3704 at station 42 for 1800hrs nominations for President and Secretary Treasurerwill open and remain open for 15 days.  Nominations can be made in person at the meeting or online under topic 2017 nominations.
      IAFF Transition Team
      10/16/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Attention City Chapter Members:  As we head into the Albuquerque municipal runoff election it is important that we identify and organize our collective properties before working with a new administration. We are currently accepting letters of interest for members who are willing to serve on the IAFF Transition Team.
      Local 21 Regrets To Announce The Passing of Retired Firefighter Mike Butler
      10/16/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of Retired Firefighter Mike Butler.  Firefighter Butler started with the fire department on May 12, 1986 and retired on July 26, 2013. Arrangements are pending.
      Ann Schramm Retirement Party
      10/16/17 - IAFF Local 21
      11th Annual Johnny V Memorial Toy Run
      10/16/17 - Toy Program
      Bowling for Toys
      10/16/17 - Toy Program
      Halloween Party
      10/16/17 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
      WHEN: October 27th at 7 p.m.
      Run Wild 5k
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      Historical SFD Newspaper Clippings
      10/16/17 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
      A collection of SFD related newspaper clippings dating back to 1970 was given to Local 76 by FAO Jason Castle. They have been uploaded into a new gallery. Click HERE to access them.
      Ethnic Doll Drive
      10/16/17 - Toy Program
      Tri-City Fire Fighter Mental Health information night for spouses/partners - Nov. 24, 2017
      10/13/17 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
      Coquitlam Firefighters are proud to join forces with Port Coquitlam Firefighters - IAFF Local 1941 and Port Moody Firefighters to co-host a Tri-City mental health awareness/information night for our spouses and partners! Our special guest Dr. Susan Hunt (registered psychologist) will lead a discussion on trauma and how it effects firefighters and their families.
      Honor Flight
      10/13/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      -Please join Honor Flight New England for the final sendoff of the 2017 season- Sendoff Date: November 5th, 2017 Location: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Time: 0815 inside the terminal Note: Clocks ‘fall back’ the night before Links: www.honorflightnewengland.org Message from HFNE founder Joe Byron (MPD Ret.): Our mission continues as we say ‘thank you’ to our most senior American veterans. We are back where it all started in Manchester. Together, we will say ‘thank you’ to 25 heroes who sacrificed a part of their youth so that we can live free.
      One of our own needs your HELP!
      10/13/17 - IAFF Local 1014
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      2017 FEMA FIRE ACT Grants
      10/12/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      The application period for the Fire Act Grants will be opening soon, this will be for the FY2107 money. I don’t have a date for when the application periods will open, but now is the time (maybe delayed due to all the natural disasters) for locals and their fire/EMS departments to start considering their request.
      Health Insurance Registration Update
      10/12/17 - IAFF Local 21
      There are still many Fire Department employees who need to login to https://benefits.stpaul.gov and make their selections, or they risk losing the benefits they’re accustomed to.  THIS YEAR IS NOT LIKE LAST YEAR: THERE IS NO AUTOMATIC CARRYOVER OF BENEFITS.
      PFA Holiday Party
      10/12/17 - IAFF Local #1945
      The Holiday Party will be December 3rd, New Belgium Brew house. 18:00-21:30. This is a fundraiser so it will be a ticketed event. Bryan Hanson will start collecting names via email early November. We are limited to 100 people. Thank you to all who have supported this in the past and those of you who plan to come out and support it this year.
      Retirement Party
      10/12/17 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
      Somerville Firefighters Local 76 Retirement Party November 8th, 2017 Dante Club 7 pm See station stewards or Steve Layton for tickets. Last day for tickts is October 31st.
      Dave Kelln Retirement Celebration
      10/12/17 - IAFF Local #1945
      Dave Kelln's retirement celebration is on October 20th, the celebration will be held at CB&Potts at Colindale. The celebration/stories will commence at 17:00 hours. Prior to the celebration, Dave has reserved 3 Tee times on the golf course starting at 11:36. Please email, text, call or go see Dave for a spot.
      Make My Day Contest Application
      10/11/17 - Toy Program
      Avalanche Opener Tonight, Nuggets Opener Oct. 22nd
      10/11/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good morning, Just a quick update for the Avs Home Opener tonight VS the Boston Bruins, tickets are still available, if you have tickets here are some tips if you are coming down early for the happy hour. Thank you for purchasing tickets to support the Denver Firefighters Charitable Foundation.
      Local 1826 endorses Dave Stokes for Cape Coral C
      10/10/17 - IAFF 1826
      Union Meeting Reminder
      10/10/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      This is a reminder that the October Union meeting will take place this week at the Original Brooklyn’s (2644 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204) on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm and Thursday, October 12th at 8:30 am     1.)   The Nominees for Collective Bargaining will have a chance to speak at this meeting.
      National Home Fire Drill Day
      10/09/17 - IAFF Local 902
      Fire Prevention Week Home fires are the biggest public safety threat facing U.S. and Canadian families today, with one home fire reported every 86 seconds in 2015.
      Month of Marathons
      10/09/17 - IAFF Local 902
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      Urgent Update For All Members
      10/09/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Dear L-21 Members:  As you may know, the IAFF considers an annual stress test to be a valuable benefit to members for purposes of protecting their health and wellness on and off the job.  For several months, Local 21 has been discussing with the Fire Administration the circumstances under which such a program could be implemented for the benefit of our members.
      NOTICE - Local 4416 Officer Nominations
      10/07/17 - IAFF Local 4416
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      2018 Active Benefits Guide
      10/06/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Attached is the 2018 Denver Fire Active Benefits Guide.
      Fire Prevention Week
      10/06/17 - IAFF Local 902
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      Paramedic Scatter Chart
      10/05/17 - IAFF 1826
      EMT Scatter Chart
      10/05/17 - IAFF 1826
      Compensation Study
      10/05/17 - IAFF 1826
      EMT Scatter Chart
      10/05/17 - IAFF 1826
      Local 31 Endorsements
      10/05/17 - IAFF Local 31
      Local 31 Endorsements
      10/05/17 - IAFF Local 31
      Avalanche Opening Night! Exciting News
      10/05/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good morning Hockey fans.  The Avalanche Home opener is just a 6 days away, next Wednesday October 11th VS the Boston Bruins.  We have a sweet Opening night ticket package for our members, friends, and family.
      CBA Meetings
      10/05/17 - IAFF Local #1945
      On 09/28/2017 Local 1945 and PFA reached tentative terms to the first CBA. We understand that there are a lot of questions about what is contained in this document. Understand that the contract must be ratified by you, the member. Local 1945 would like to hold 3 informational meetings to review the process, the content and the next steps as it pertains to the membership.
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